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Workshop begins October 26th, 2015 and ends October 30th, 2015!


For more than a decade, Vancouver Island Art Workshops have had the pleasure of hosting courses taught by internationally recognized artists in locations throughout North America. Now Nicholas Wilton has the privilege of becoming part of this robust and welcoming community, and invites you to join him as he leads his first workshop in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.

Held at the spacious Saanich Fairgrounds, this workshop seeks to inform the creative image making process via the six Art2Life Principles of Design, Value, Color, Texture, Risk and Soul. Within the context of these principles, we will learn how to craft a compositionally vibrant work of art that is an authentic, unique expression of yourself. Together we will connect with those themes, ideas and concepts which resonate most with the individual, as that is where the strongest art often stems from.


“Great workshop! Nick is an inspiring teacher. He did a great job working with everyone individually. I really appreciate his level of instruction.

– Lori Levine, attended May 2015 Art2Life Workshop at Esalen


Throughout the week, we will work on a series of small paintings on wood panels, often working on several pieces simultaneously, which leaves little time to worry about success or failure. We will also explore how themes of change and spontaneity enable us to create our own unique artwork, and illuminate life lessons inherent in the creative process. We seek to engage both sides of the brain, and invite in mistakes, intuition, and spontaneity. Generous time will be given for experimentation with new tools, mediums, and techniques, and as the class progresses we will create a fertile environment for art making with in depth demonstrations, music, and one on one instruction.

“Nick is a great teacher, he really covered a lot in 5 days. The other attendees were wonderful – it’s been a great experience.”

– Jill Rounds, attended May 2015 Art2Life Workshop at Esalen

This workshop is designed to accommodate people from a wide variety of disciplines, and all skill levels are welcome. Whether you already have an established artistic practice or are just starting out on your creative journey, or perhaps somewhere in between, this workshop is for you. No prior artistic experience is necessary, only a willingness to play. So come join us as we celebrate a process of inspiration, reclamation, and the journey of self-discovery through painting.

Course fee: $1265, plus a materials fee of $165. To sign up for this workshop, please click here.


For questions about this workshop, please contact Ferris at


This workshop has filled. To be placed on the waitlist, please click here.